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Citizen Kane

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Orson Welles

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About the Movie

1940. Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. So ends the odyssey of a life ... and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power--and ultimate fall--of a complex man: A boy abandoned by his parents inherits a fortune, builds a global newspaper empire and aspires to become President of the United States, but he loses everything over an affair with an untalented nightclub singer. This fascinating story unfolds through the eyes of the people important to the tycoon—each showing a different aspect of Citizen Kane. Frequently regarded as the best American film ever made; winner of an Academy Award® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; and nominated for an additional eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Nov 3, 2015

Fresh: It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre. – John C. Flinn Sr., Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Fresh: It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced. – Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times, Jan 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Brilliant

A masterpiece! The greatest movie ever made!!!

True Greatness

This is truly a masterpiece of both American and world cinema. Every frame of every scene is left in the movie for a reason. There is no wasted celluloid here. It succeeds visually, dramatically, and artistically. It revolutionized the way movies were both made and viewed. What makes the story of this movie even more astonishing is that Welles was 27 years old when making this film (which was his feature debut, by the way). It is a true work of art, in every sense of the phrase, and should be viewed by anyone and everyone. If anyone tries to tell you that Citizen Kane is not one of the best movies they have ever seen, pay no heed to anything they say, for they obviously lack the mental capacity to truly enjoy great cinema.

Unconquerably great! Rewards re-watching!

You may have heard that this is one of the greatest American movies or THE greatest ever made. It is - visually, artistically beautiful with 'every frame worth noting' - audios, with overlapping dialogue - narratively, with a story told about one man by several of his friends or foes - but also an enjoyable and entertaining film, which not all "greatest ever" films can claim (Battleship Potemkin and 2001: A Space Odyssey are great films but I don’t enjoy them much as entertainment). Orson Welles is also such a great actor, his bigger than life persona fills the role perfectly. He’s also a great writer and director, and rightly deserves all the credit he gets, despite what Pauline Kael has written about his not doing much of the screenplay. Bravo! Try as DePalma, Coppola and Scorsese do, they've yet to match let alone top this one. Only, see it in a theater on a big screen if you can, it's such a great visual film it needs a big view.